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November 22, 2018, 5:55 AM

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Jack Nicas / New York Times:
How Definers brought DC-style political trickery to tech: sources say working for Qualcomm, they promoted Tim Cook as a potential 2020 presidential candidate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Tim Miller, a longtime Republican political operative, moved to the Bay Area last year to set up a public relations shop …
BBC:
Facebook appeals UK regulator's decision to impose maximum £500K fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal, citing lack of evidence that UK users had suffered harm  —  Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed on it by the UK's data watchdog after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's outgoing public policy head Elliot Schrage takes responsibility for hiring Definers in a memo, admits company asked Definers to investigate Soros  —  TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook's outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers.
Seth Fiegerman / CNN:
Bloomberg:
Beijing plans to implement a social rating system to judge all of its 22M citizens by the end of 2020, pooling data from several departments  —  - China capital plans ‘social credit’ system by end of 2020  — Citizens with poor scores will be ‘unable to move’ a step
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Instagram says it is testing new profile layouts that rearrange core elements, except the grid view, in an apparent attempt to reduce focus on follower counts  —  Instagram announced on its press site today that the company is testing out new user profile layouts.
TechCrunch:
Amazon emails an unknown number of customers disclosing a “technical error” that exposed emails and names, but provides few other details  —  Amazon's renowned secrecy encompasses its response to a new security issue, withholding info that could help victims protect themselves.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is working to persuade brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet, starting with gas stations, restaurants, and others  —  Amazon is looking to start by working with gas stations, restaurants and other merchants that aren't its direct competitors
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Workable, a recruiting automation platform that uses AI software to help SMBs in more than 100 countries, raises $50M Series C bringing the total raised to $84M  —  Greek-American growth company Workable, which is building a recruiting automation platform used by an ever-increasing number of SMBs worldwide …

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